Stafford in 1958.
November 7, 1903
New York, New York, U.S.
|Died||March 17, 1992 (aged 88)|
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)|
|Known for||Woody Woodpecker|
(m. 1919; div. 1940)
(m. 1940; her death 1992)
Gracie Lantz (born Grace Boyle, November 7, 1903 - March 17, 1992), also known by her stage name Grace Stafford, was an American actress and the wife of animation producer Walter Lantz. Stafford is best known for providing the voice of Woody Woodpecker, a creation of Lantz's, from 1950 to 1991.
Stafford provided the character voice of Woody Woodpecker from 1950 to 1991, but she asked not to be credited in that role until the cartoon Misguided Missile (1958). She believed that audiences both young and old would be "disillusioned" if they knew Woody was voiced by a woman. Walter Lantz always insisted that his wife had submitted her audition tape for the role anonymously, and was cast before he knew it was her voice. Stafford appeared on an episode of What's My Line? on November 10, 1963.
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